Join us for the 2022 Trek for a Dream, to support childhood cancer research!
Why are we supporting childhood cancer research?
Childhood cancer is NOT rare - every day in the U.S., 47 children (0-19 years old) are diagnosed with cancer, with 1 out of every 285 children being diagnosed by age 20 in the U.S. Less than 4% of federal cancer research funding goes towards childhood cancer research (National Cancer Institute, 2021), yet these children are the ones who have their entire lives ahead of them in comparison to adults.
The journey of childhood cancer is one no family should endure. To say it is difficult would not do justice to what these children and their families experience. If anyone has ever spent time on the 7th floor at Children's Hospital Colorado at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, no further explanation is needed. To get off that elevator and to see so many children receiving chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments is beyond heartbreaking. Every family on the 7th floor deserves to hear: "Your child will be cured because we have treatments available that work." Unfortunately, not all parents hear these words. And even worse, some families hear that there are no treatment options for survival.
All funds raised through Trek for a Dream will support childhood cancer research at Children's Hospital Colorado. Physician-scientists are actively researching new therapies to increase child survival rates and therapies that are less harmful both short and long-term.
What is the goal for Trek for a Dream?
The goal of this hike is to bring awareness to the lack of funding for childhood cancer research. 4% of federal cancer research funding is NOT enough for these children and their families. The goal is for individuals or teams to trek (walk/hike) any distance to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer, and to create their own personal pages to share and spread the word with friends, family and on social media
Why the Colorado Trail?
On February 20th, 2020, my 12-year-old daughter, Amara, and I flew flight-for-life in the middle of the night to Children's Hospital Colorado from Durango to Denver after we received a phone call earlier that evening that no parent ever wants to hear: "We think your daughter has leukemia. You have 5 minutes to pack your bags, a Flight-for-Life helicopter is waiting for you." Our lives changed that day forever when it was confirmed that Amara had B-cell ALL leukemia and would be in treatment for 2½ years. Fast-forward almost 2½ years and Amara will complete her treatment on July 1st, 2022.
We chose the Colorado Trail because it connects Durango to Denver. In February, 2020, we had to get to Denver as fast as possible to start treatment immediately. And now in July, 2022, we will take our time hiking the Colorado Trail back to Durango, with Amara being cancer-free, healthy, strong and vibrant. I, Amara's mom, will hike the entire trail, minus one section in the middle, with close friends. We will meet Amara and some of her best friends and their moms to complete the last 40+ miles of the trail into Durango.
Dream big and choose your trail
Does it have to be the Colorado Trail? No, the purpose of Trek for a Dream is to bring awareness to childhood cancer and the lack of funding for children fighting cancer. Don't let lack of access to the Colorado Trail prevent you from bringing awareness to childhood cancer. Find a trail near you, plan your trek (walk/hike) of any distance, create your own personal page, and share with friends, family and on social media.
Please create your own personal page here. Thank you for helping support children fighting cancer!